Martial Arts saved my life

Martial Arts saved my life

Have you ever heard somebody say that? Do you empathise with this statement yourself?Usually, this kind of affirmation has nothing to do with the fact of an actual life or death fight situation. And that is precisely what intrigues us more. We did as we always do when we have or get some deep martial question. That is, asking our 100.000+ very good Facebook friends. They never disappoint us, and this was not an exception. 

Some believe that this statement is an exaggeration, but admit that Martial Arts change lives for good. Others are just grateful to have an activity that helps them to relax and "cope with stressful and sad situations of life". Our friend DJ admits that his martial training really made an improvement towards his thinking, character, and abilities. He thinks that if one follows the martial path correctly, you will not only become better at self defense, but ultimately a better person for society. And in these rough times, we need people who have very strong mental and physical fortitude.
But others go much further, having their Budo help them found focus and "get a home and a family as well, after facing a hard divorce". 
"Martial arts allowed me to focus on and achieve goals, helping me regain lost self esteem and actually become far stronger mentally.” Brian M. 
There are cases where Martial Arts have saved people from life-threatening situations. Mark M was put in hospital for nearly one week from bullying when he was young. He was pervertly afraid of violence and confrontation. He now states that he can embrace these things with a sense of fun - instead of fear- like a game. A game he plays very seriously. 
We received testimonies about people that where in "horrible" mental states, suffered from rage or even admit to have had suicidal thoughts. People who were in very dark places, arrogant, angry, with very low self-esteem. Stepping on the mat, training at the Dojo has been a first step for recovery for many of these now martial artists, giving their life meaning and empowering them with warrior spirit. Many are now proud of giving back this values to society, teaching and sharing their art with others.  
"I was the girl with low self-esteem. Martial arts saved my life. My self esteem is tons better. I have work to do but I'm better. I'm 9 months away from black belt. It's hard to believe how far I have come.” Amanda S. 
Divorce. War. Broken hearts. Suicidal thoughts or attempts. Bullying. Depression, low self-estime. Broken families. Trouble with the law. Weight issues. Health problems. Anger, anxiety, depression, drug abuse. Human dark places, nobody is free or experiencing in some moment of our lives. 
Martial Arts are an invitation to empower us, remind us about powerful values like self belief, confidence, balance, perseverance, positivity, joy, excitement, stamina, energy, challenges, flexibility, resilience, peacefulness, compassion, empathy, unity, loyalty, respect, honor.
Accept the invitation. Join us. And let’s chose again and again this path of Budo, this Way of the Warrior where we can continuously push our limits, and improve daily physically, mentally and spiritually. 
This is what Martial Arts are for. This Martial Spirit. 
Thanks you all for your testimonies, and for spreading the Martial inspiration. 
Ossu!